6.5 Grendel ammo serves a very particular niche. While there are other mid- to long-range hunting rounds, the 6.5 Grendel cartridge delivers the ideal performance for deer hunters wanting to carry an AR platform rather than a traditional bolt-action rifle. The big benefit to 6.5 Grendel is that AR owners can load the round after making a few minor modifications to their upper receiver.

Compared to common hunting rounds, 6.5 Grendel ammunition offers similar knockdown power to .308-caliber ammunition, but with less recoil. On paper, muzzle velocity for 120 grain 6.5 Grendel ammo< is approximately 2,500 feet-per-second and carries about 1,800 foot-pounds of energy. Its effective range is 200 to 800 yards.

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The introduction to the 6.5 Grendel to the product range from Alexander Arms(r) in the year 2004 The tradition of never compromises in design, engineering and technological advancement continues. Its 6.5 Grendel provides an extreme ability to hunt or competition, as well as for tactical purposes. These ranges go beyond those previously possible with the AR-15 type weapon. This 6.5 Grendel has the flexibility to switch from light ammunition for varmints in the 90-grain class that provide excellent accuracy for small game and competition shooting, to mid-weight 120- to 108-grain competition bullets. Then onto 130and 140-gram ammunition perfect for longer distance shooting for tactical purposes.

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The origins of 6.5 Grendel may be traced back to the Soviet 7.62×39. The design was altered to allow for European competition and narrowed to form that of the 220 Russian. From there The Dr. Lou Palmisano and Ferris Pindel were the first to take the case and expelled the shoulder, resulting in the 22 PPC as well as the 6mm PPC, which now are the dominant bench rest competitors. When they designed the 6.5 Grendel, the starting position was that of the PPC design, however it was soon apparent that the quality of PPC wasn’t as air-tight as required. Initial research using an unspecified 6.5 PPC also showed that the case was not able to hold powder which, in turn resulted in pressure issues. This final 6.5 Grendel design draws on the PPC however, it’s very much it’s own gun. The capacity of the internal chamber was increased by adjusting the shoulder forward, and the wall thicknesses of the shoulder and neck were increased to make the most robust case that is capable of feeding the semi-automatic rifle. In addition, the exterior taper on the side of the box was adjusted to ensure an efficient feed within the magazine.

The 6.5 Grendel is challenging the standard of the law enforcement and military forces across the globe. It was first unveiled during May of 2003 in Blackwater Training, the Blackwater Training facility in North Carolina The 6.5 Grendel out-shot the 7.62 NATO at range , with only less recoil. Supersonic to 1,200 yards The 6.5 Grendel delivered superior external ballistics over those of 7.62 NATO. Superior reliability, better internal and final ballistics over the state of the technology, and outstanding accuracy on the M16/AR-15 chassis that is light in weight, it appears to be the ultimate example of the capabilities of the chassis of M16/AR-15. This 6.5 Grendel is not a collection of compromises, rather it is the perfect combination of mechanical functionality internal, external, and terminal ballistics, all working together.6.5 grendel hunting ammo

Shooting with a 120-grain Lapua Scenar with the Ballistic coefficient of .547 and the muzzle velocity of 2,600 FPS provides outstanding accuracy up towards 1,200 feet. With a range of 600 yards tennis ball-sized targets will not be able to compete with this round with a flat shooting pattern. For maximum accuracy, terminal ballistics and lengthy range applications The 6.5 Grendel from Alexander Arms is unbeatable.6.5 grendel ammo

In comparison with that of the 5.56 NATO, the 6.5 Grendel is nearly double the lead mass allows for two times the amount of fragments. If the maximum amount of fragmentation occurs with the maximum cavity in time and the final ballistics are very convincing, all within a package that shoots more efficiently and has half the recoil felt than the 7.62 NATO M80 ball.

The 6.5mm Grendel (6.5×39mm) is an intermediate cartridge jointly designed by British-American armorer Bill Alexander, competitive shooter Arne Brennan (of HoustonTexas) and Lapua ballistician Janne Pohjoispää, as a low-recoil, high-precision rifle cartridge specifically for the AR-15 platform at medium/long range (200–800 yard). It is an improved variation of the 6.5mm PPC.[4]

The 6.5mm Grendel cartridge was first unveiled in May 2003 at the Blackwater Training Facility in North Carolina, where it remained supersonic at 1,200 yd (1,100 m) range and out-shot the 7.62mm NATO with only half the recoil.[5] Since its introduction, it has proven to be a versatile cartridge and is now expanding out into other firearm design platforms including bolt-action rifles and the Kalashnikov system.[6]

The name “Grendel” is inspired by the mythical monster antagonist from the Old English epic poem Beowulf.[7] It was a trademark owned by Alexander Arms (Bill Alexander’s company in Radford, Virginia) and manufactured at Radford Arsenal,[8] until legally released in 2010 for SAAMI standardization with collaboration from Hornady

The goal of the 6.5mm Grendel design was to create an effective STANAG magazine-length cartridge for the AR-15 platform that could reach 200–800 yd (180–730 m) and surpass the performance of the native 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington cartridge. Constrained by the dimension of the STANAG magazines, the Grendel’s designers decided to use a shorter, larger-diameter case for higher powder volume while allowing space for the long, streamlined, high ballistic coefficient 6.5mm (.264 cal.) bullets. Firing factory-loaded ammunition with bullets ranging from 90 to 129 grains (5.8 to 8.4 g), its muzzle velocity varies from 2,500 ft/s (760 m/s) with 129- and 130-grain (8.4 g) bullets to 2,900 ft/s (880 m/s) with 90 gr (5.8 g) bullets (similar in velocity to a 77-grain (5.0 g) 5.56 mm round). Depending on their case material and bullet weight, 6.5mm Grendel cartridges weigh 14.7 to 17.8 grams (227 to 275 gr).

The case head diameter of the Grendel is the same as that of the .220 Russian7.62×39mm and 6.5mm PPC cases. This diameter is larger than the 5.56×45mm NATO, thereby necessitating the use of a non-standard AR-15 bolt. The increased case diameter results in a small reduction in the magazine ammo capacities. A 6.5mm Grendel magazine with the same dimensions as a 30-round STANAG magazine will hold 26 rounds of Grendel ammunition.


C-Products 26-round Grendel Magazine

Proponents assert that the Grendel is a good “middle ground” between the 5.56×45mm NATO and the 7.62×51mm NATO. It retains greater terminal energy at extended ranges than either of these cartridges due to its higher ballistic coefficient (BC).[2] For example, the 123 gr (8.0 g) 6.5 mm Grendel bullet has more kinetic energy and better body armor penetration at 1,000 m (1,100 yd) than the larger and heavier 147 gr (9.5 g) bullet of the M80 7.62mm NATO round.[11][12][13][14]

In order to obtain ballistics that are superior to the 7.62×51mm cartridge, a weapon with a longer barrel and firing a heavier bullet is necessary. To achieve the same results from shorter length barrels, even heavier bullets are needed.[15]

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